Kudos to the Utah State Senate!!!

A post from Towleroad regarding yet another homophobe with political gains to make prompted this comment from me:

As an American who had to leave the US to keep my family together, I am once again appalled but appreciative of the crucial distinctions Sen. Buttars’s comments illuminate: “Those who dare to disagree with the homosexual agenda are labeled ‘haters,’ and ‘bigots,’ and are censured by their peers. The media contributes to the problem. Increasingly, individuals with conservative beliefs are targeted by a left-leaning media that uses their position of public trust as a bully pulpit. This pattern of intimidation suppresses free speech.”

Uh, Senator, Conservative vs. Liberal is the smokescreen – not the issue. I know you know this because you acknowledge it in your comments. While it’s true that the US media does zero to lead on this issue, the issue is indeed Free Speech v. Hate Speech. In Canada, you would be charged with Hate Speech. People like you think that they can say any old thing, even from bully pulpits, and that their words should be treated as Free Speech. Then once you spew your bile, you complain because reasonable people make a reasonable (and on my view, very generous) response: censure.

Further, in a media environment populated by News Corp, Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly, Glen Beck and …. need I continue – it’s a little far fetched to drag out that poor beaten dog, ‘left-leaning media’. I wish!

I applaud the Utah Legislature and Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups (R-Taylorsville) and encourage everyone to write him a letter of gratefulness: waddoups@utahsenate.org Hate Speech, which is what the Senator has perpetrated (and Rick Warren, and Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter, and, and, and…), leads to jeopardizing health and safety.

Joe McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, Anita Bryant, Briggs, Larry Craig, Ted Haggard…yadda, yadda. Politicians and Christian bigots have a long-standing record of getting a leg up by placing their heels on the throats of queers and our families. Since the 50s and even before, queers have been characterized as a threat to the country. Buttars is only repeating the strategy used by McCarthy (to cover up his own homosexuality) more than 50 years ago. Predictably, it is a means to rally their constituents – and distract them from their own secrets – in a mob mentality that extends clubs and baseball bats but never understanding, acceptance or compassion.

Most of these folks claim to be Christians which is one of the many cognitive disconnects the Right depends on for rationalization. There are plenty of reasonable conservatives who actually disagree with the Senator about the vested interest the State does/not have in protecting various US citizens and their families.

And BTW, you’re darned straight (no pun) there is a Homosexual Agenda. It’s called Equal Rights Now.

I understand that political strategy prompted this censure and that Buttars had promised to keep his big mouth shut. And, while I’m thrilled the censure happened, can I say how comforting it is to know that the Republicans and their allies are maintaining their long-standing tradition of sitting down for what is right and standing up for political expedience.

~ by Thom on February 23, 2009.

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